N.C. State subpoenaed in college basketball investigation

In January, the FBI subpoenaed records from N.C. State as part of the continuing investigation in college basketball corruption. (Getty)
In January, the FBI subpoenaed records from N.C. State as part of the continuing investigation in college basketball corruption. (Getty)

A North Carolina State spokesman confirmed to Yahoo Sports on Friday that the school received a Grand Jury subpoena for records from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York in January. The news was first reported Friday by The Washington Post.

Athletic department spokesman Fred Demarest said that the school received the subpoena on Jan. 17. Demarest offered no other details.

The federal investigation of corruption in college basketball became public knowledge in September 2017. Ten men were arrested at the time and six schools were implicated in the federal complaint: Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma State and USC all had assistant coaches arrested; Louisville and Miami were alleged to be involved in schemes to pay potential recruits. A seventh school, Alabama, was subsequently implicated in relation to alleged bribery involving the family of freshman guard Collin Sexton, who sat out the first game of the 2017-18 season while the school investigated his eligibility.

North Carolina State is a new addition to the probe. Last month Yahoo Sports reported on documents seized from ASM Sports, the agency headed by former NBA agent Andy Miller, which indicated that 2016-17 Wolfpack point guard Dennis Smith received tens of thousands of dollars from the agency before attending college. Balance sheets viewed by Yahoo Sports say Smith received $43,500. Another document headed “Pina,” for ASM agent Stephen Pina, says Smith received a total of $73,500 in loans, and includes notes about “options to recoup the money” when Smith did not sign with ASM.

Smith ultimately hired Glenn Schwartzman of Paramount Sports and Entertainment and was a first-round draft pick last summer.

After the Yahoo Sports story on Feb. 23, North Carolina State released a letter dating to 2012 saying that the school had disassociated itself from Miller for a 10-year period. Miller represented several former Wolfpack players who had come up through the Worldwide Renegades AAU program. North Carolina State investigated former Worldwide Renegades coach Desmond Eastmond, who in 2012 was banned by the NCAA from participating in sanctioned summer league events.

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